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Use of Virtual Breastfeeding Support Among Underserved, Rural Mothers

Telelactation = Innovative Telemedicine

In this Rand.org article you'll learn about:
  • Direct-to-consumer telelactation is an innovative telemedicine service that connects women with remotely-located lactation consultants for breastfeeding support via personal devices.

  • In 2016, we began recruitment for a randomized controlled trial in a rural community (Tele-MILC trial). Of the 72 women in the intervention arm, 32 (44%) used the app to obtain breastfeeding advice.

  • Rural, underserved mothers had high demand for telelactation. Understanding demand for, satisfaction with, and predictors of use of these services can inform the design, marketing, and implementation of telemedicine offerings.

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